November 13, 2015 |
WITH ALL THE VOTES having been counted in last week's general election, incumbent at-large City Councilman Dennis O'Brien is 389 votes short of keeping his seat, according to the Philadelphia Board of Elections. Although the election results won't be officially announced until Nov. 17, all machine, provisional and absentee ballots were counted this week, said Tim Dowling, supervisor of elections for the city commissioners. O'Brien, a first-term Republican, yesterday did not concede, but sounded resolved to the fact that he will be leaving office Jan. 4. "When they certify, I think the process speaks for itself.
November 5, 2015 |
WAS THAT EVEN Election Day? Or just 13 hours of us waiting around until we could go to the Pen & Pencil Club and drink Manhattans? Not a whole lot of shenanigans and skullduggery to report in this special Election Day edition of Clout - the key battles were fought in the May primary - but a couple things caught our attention: Highbrow/lowbrow ads We love a good attack ad. The slimier the better. Does it stretch the truth? That's OK. Is it patently false? No problem. Because an effective hit piece - true or not - demands to be appreciated for its artistic value.
November 28, 2013 |
NORTHFIELD, N.J. These weren't slot machines, lined side by side inside a warehouse here. But their numbers - the votes cast in each machine - could pay off with a prized Assembly seat for one of two candidates awaiting their fate. The machines were used in the Nov. 5 election between Republican incumbent John Amodeo and Democratic challenger Vince Mazzeo in the Second Legislative District in Atlantic County. They were rechecked this month after the two men finished just 379 votes apart on election night.
November 16, 2013 |
ABINGTON Abington voters are still awaiting verdicts in two commissioner races that ended in a tie. In Ward 3, the Jenkintown section of Abington, Republican Lawrence F. Jones is two votes ahead of Democrat Michael O'Connor. "It was a hard-fought election. Both sides did well," said Jones. "I'm anxious - or, more so, the people are anxious - to know the results. " In Ward 4, the Elkins Park section, Republican Pamela Vasserman and Democrat Jimmy DiPlacido are still battling over at least two contested absentee ballots.
November 14, 2013 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. Atlantic City Republican mayoral challenger Don Guardian claimed victory - again - Tuesday night after a count of mail-in votes gave him a seemingly insurmountable lead over Democratic incumbent Lorenzo Langford. Guardian's victory speech this time was over a cellphone on speaker to a group of reporters outside the old Atlantic County courthouse, where the Board of Elections counted additional mail-in ballots that increased his lead to 433 votes. "I believe I have sufficient additional votes that would indicate that I am indeed the [mayor-]
January 15, 2013
THE REST of the world may be suffering from fiscal cliff burnout and gloom-and-doomitis over the political gridlock in Washington, D.C., but Tracey Brown of Francisville is not - because President Obama's second inauguration is on the horizon. Brown, 47, was born the same year that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed, and Obama is her main man. On election night 2008, she was out on Brown Street banging on a pot with glee. When she reminisces about that historic election, I have to smile recalling the joy that so many of us felt on the eve of the first inauguration of the nation's first African-American president four years ago, as America prepared to make history.
November 12, 2012
RE: "LESSON of Obama's re-election" (Christine Flowers column, Nov. 9). I find it appalling that you invoke the "Civil War" when it comes to your "enmity. " Your enmity should be directed at the mountain of misinformation some conservative operatives put out there. Your enmity should be directed at Mitt and his blatant pandering and pretentious platform. Your enmity should be at the plethora of frivolous news stories such as "birtherism" and the "Benghazi conspiracy" that only amounted to smoke and mirrors against the real issues America faces.
November 9, 2012 |
Whether your guy won or lost on Tuesday night, you have to admit it made for compelling television. "The graphics, the tickers, it looked great on all the channels," says TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall. "I wasn't impressed by the insights or the reporting, but it looked fantastic. It was sweet television. " Well, with one exception. "It was the first time I noticed how far behind PBS has fallen in the competition," says Tyndall. "They always looked like the slightly dowdy, austere relative, but they were still in the same business, But this time they looked like the Wayne's World of political television.
November 9, 2012 |
A lot of people got drunk on election night, some in glee, some in despair. And some only seemed drunk. Which was it, we at "SideShow" wonder, with Diane Sawyer , longtime ABC anchor? She seemed, shall we say, lit from within Tuesday night as she cohosted election coverage with George Stephanopoulos . Her speech was slurred ("President Barack Ora - Barack Obama "), she wandered, seemed on the verge of giggling, and she kept leaning forward on her arms like a stevedore calling for a double Rusty Nail and make it quick . Twitter, with customary lack of mercy, exploded.
November 8, 2012
A WEEK AFTER Sandy, electricity was flowing in Manhattan Tuesday night, as CNN lit up the Empire State Building in Romney red and Obama blue and NBC set 30 Rock aglow above "Democracy Plaza. " Presumably, New Yorkers (and some New Jerseyans) who were still without cable - or power - could follow the skyline for their election results. CNN's John King had his "magic wall," Fox News' Bill Hemmer his "BillBoard" and network sets shone as bright as Times Square. Contrast that with footage of people waiting in endless lines or filling out multi-page paper ballots.